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Science Degrees at Riot

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NovaAsterix

Senior Member

07-25-2012

I don't have a Red Name yet (gotta do some training first), but I do work with chewbacha. I have a BaSC in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto. Basically I do data gathering, processing, and analysis which can be learned in many other scientific disciplines. Riot doesn't care so much what you piece of paper says so much as what you know and have shown great talent in doing (this can be learned formally in school but also through independent projects or research in which you build the required skills).


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Sphincter Wolf

Member

07-25-2012

I applied for a Player Support Specialist position and I have a Bachelor's in Biotechnology! Didn't get a call back though D:


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Nightslayer

Junior Member

07-25-2012

Since you mentioned psychology, davin, do you think a sociology major would be of use somewhere at Riot?
(Social) Science!


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Typhnox

Senior Member

07-25-2012

Shame Riot doesn't like science though.

Look at the state of Heimerdinger!


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Fyacin

Member

07-25-2012

Quote:
chewbacha:
I graduated with a BS in Microbiology from University of Washington. While my forum title hasn't been updated, I currently work as an Associate Data Engineer on the Data team at Riot. I know that we have several people who started in sciences and ended up at Riot.

In my experience, intelligent and hard working people can be successful in any field. The best thing to do is learn what it is that you enjoy working on day-in and day-out and then go after it. This is not the easiest thing to do!! It took me 2 years in an evolutionary genetics lab to realize that I did not enjoy academic research (nothing against it, just not my thing). It's been a very interesting adventure going from the lab to health care software to working on a data team at Riot. Looking back on it, I wouldn't have done it any other way.

I'm graduating with a chemical engineering degree in the spring, but the major sort of drives me up a wall. What did you do to prepare yourself for that role?
I also really enjoy the limited programming I have done (basic MATlab stuff to solve systems of ODE's and non-linear DE's etc), if I wanted to pursue a programming path without going back to school for a cs degree what would you recommend?


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davin

Recruiter

07-25-2012

Quote:
Nightstrk:
Since you mentioned psychology, davin, do you think a sociology major would be of use somewhere at Riot?
(Social) Science!


Pretty much any science background can be useful, because of the type of thinking that's required. Evidence and iteration are key!


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LysolCleaner

Senior Member

07-25-2012

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davin:
If you count social sciences, Lyte and I both have doctorates in different fields of Psychology. I'm Human Factors, he's Cognitive Neuroscience.

Science!


Heimerdinger says FOR GREAT SCIENCE!!


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Sn0wY

Senior Member

07-25-2012

i almost have a computer science degree o_O


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TheTofudabeast

Senior Member

07-25-2012

Quote:
davin:
If you count social sciences, Lyte and I both have doctorates in different fields of Psychology. I'm Human Factors, he's Cognitive Neuroscience.

Science!


So this means we refer to you guys as Dr. Davin and Dr. Lyte (Which makes it sound like he should be building robots) ?


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ChaosBloodterfly

Senior Member

07-25-2012

Quote:
Fyacin:
I'm graduating with a chemical engineering degree in the spring, but the major sort of drives me up a wall. What did you do to prepare yourself for that role?
I also really enjoy the limited programming I have done (basic MATlab stuff to solve systems of ODE's and non-linear DE's etc), if I wanted to pursue a programming path without going back to school for a cs degree what would you recommend?


You just do whatever programming you want. If you have a decent enough portfolio, you can get a CS job, degree or not.

1. Oracle Database (SQL) engineers are always needed, and the language has changed at all in the last two decades (actually quite amazing if you think about it). It is kind of "boring" compared to all the shiny "app stuff" that's been pushed around recently.

2. Java runs on everything (except Apple devices, huehue). That and HTML5 (and assorted complementary languages, XML, JS, etc.)


Chem Eng really is a brick wall though. I'm probably going into the petrol industry.